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By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

The Romanian Competition Council never rings twice

By Georgiana Badescu, Mona Banu, Volker Weiss This is how it all starts: with a ring at the door We can only imagine how big the surprise must be when you find out that your Belgium-based office is being raided in an investigation by the Romanian Competition Authority. But it is a fact that the […]

E-mobility market in Portugal – An overview

By Manuel Santos Vitor, Catarina Cortez Gamito Historical and legal background One of the main national priorities in what concerns the Portuguese electricity sector is the development and full implementation of a strong electric mobility (‘e-mobility’) market. This priority largely results from the government concerns associated not only with the environment (ie, reduction of greenhouse gas (GhG) […]

New Jersey LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers

By Matthew Shaxson Jersey’s new LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers to build on the £169 billion of US assets and funds already administered here, says Ogier partner Matthew Shaxson. The Island’s legislature gave final approval to the new LLC structure, which largely mirrors the existing Delaware model, last week. With a significant […]

Cayman Grand Court hands down decision on master-feeder fund structures

By Giorgio Subiotto, Tim Cone The Cayman Grand Court has handed down a decision that has significance for Cayman master-feeder fund structures. Funds and their advisers should review the redemption provisions in master fund articles of association and partnership agreements to ensure that, operationally, redemptions are being effected in accordance with such documents. Background In the matter […]

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Law Soc backs DLA Piper OFT complaint

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Bryan Cave scores partner brace to grow London…

Bryan Cave has continued the recent growth spurt in its London office with the hire of two partners, including the head of Pinsent Masons‘ City corporate tax group Mark Cawthron. Cawthron, formerly at Pinsent Curtis Biddle before it merged into what is now Pinsent Masons, led the firm’s corporate tax group for more than 10 […]

Cadwalader raids Sidley for derivatives lawyer

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Icy winds of change at CMS

The atmosphere at CMS Cameron McKenna’s Moscow office must be decidedly chilly these days after a third lawyer left for Clifford Chance (see story). Former office managing partner David Griston, Moscow banking head Jared Grubb and now energy senior associate Maria Oleinik have all fled CMS. You can almost hear the harsh Russian winds whistling […]

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